Major Project - Observational Astronomy - 2017

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Unit summary

AST80013

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Proposal (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,440.00
Domestic continuing 2,084.00
International 2,690.00
International continuing 2,334.00

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This unit aims to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the principles involved in a particular aspect or application of astrophotography and/or CCD imaging;
  • practical experience in the techniques involved in astrophotography and/or CCD
  • imaging; and
  • ability to keep a comprehensive record of experimental investigations, to write a
  • detailed summary report of techniques used and investigations undertaken, and to
  • communicate effectively about the outcomes of their work.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the use of astrophotography or CCD imaging in observational astronomy
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of observational astronomy
  3. Develop and identify a scientific justification which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
  4. Demonstrate independent research
  5. Design and create a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
  6. Design and create a detailed project report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached
  7. Design and create a short poster summary of results
  • Assignment (20%)
  • Proposal (20%)
  • Report (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HET615 — Major Project - Observational Astronomy

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Students will undertake a substantial amateur observing project using astrophotography and/or CCD imaging techniques
2Each student will work closely with a supervisor assigned to their project, communicating and exchanging drafts via email.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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